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Even Acne-Prone Skin Can Benefit From Oil

With so many products that promise to reduce skin's oil production, putting more oil on your face might seem like a crazy idea. But what sounds like lunacy can actually help your skin look and feel better — yes, even if you battle breakouts. This week, I'll share some of my favorite tips for incorporating oils into your skincare routine.

"But Bella, I already have oily skin," I hear you saying. "Why would I want to put more oil on it?" I know the concern; I've been there, too. Here's the thing, though: if you normally overload your skin with mattifying products made to reduce oil, your skin may think, "Oh, not enough oil! Time to crank up the production." Then you know what's next: mo' sebum, mo' problems. Using oils, on the other hand, can help regulate sebum production.

Over the next few days, I'll talk about cleansing and moisturizing with oils. Have questions or a topic you want me to look into? Leave a comment here.

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exotikink exotikink 4 years
I jsut began using castor oil my mother's friend made and I LOVE IT!! I have hormonal acne and am prone to black/whiteheads on my cheeks. I immediately noticed brighter, more moisturized, velvety texture and a few days later people began commenting on it. The hyperpigmentation marks on my cheeks are beginning to fade but I haven't noticed a change in the acne except that it dries quicker. Will tweak my method and see how that goes.
mscc mscc 5 years
More questions... I read that castor oil encourages hair growth, so some people who have used the oil cleansing method have complained of increased facial hair. How alarming is that?!! Is it really that bad? And is it okay to use oil - EVOO, castor, jojoba, etc. - as a moisturizer to leave on overnight?
Vsoto81 Vsoto81 5 years
I have oily, acne prone skin. I used to dry out my skin using harsh products. Then I heard about oil treatments, and began to use Burt's Bees' Pomegranate oil. My skin is transformed. I recommend it.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
The only oil I seem to be able to use without making my oily but sensitive skin go haywire is apricot kernel oil. Hey Bella offer some suggestions for acne-prone skin. Thanks in advance.
KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 5 years
Oil is the best thing for my oily skin. I started using Suki cleanser and toner (which is basically pure oil) and my skin looks so clear but doesn't feel tight. I love this stuff. I think the key is using natural products with no preservatives. I don't have sensitive skin, but all the chemicals and fake stuff in drug store cleansers crap-up my skin. I bought Suki at Whole Foods and plan to buy more natural stuff for my hair and skin in the future.
pretzel pretzel 5 years
i need advice on reducing/minimzing the appearence pores!! help! any suggestions
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 5 years
I thought oils were a no no for my acne prone skin, but I found eve lom (which is a mix of oils and cocoa butter) is absolutely amazing. it is a life saver!!
summerjams summerjams 5 years
yes i used 100% tea tree oil on my pimples but no use! sometimes even flaring up! im 21, and ive used organic rose hip oil but they clogged my pores! am i too young to use that? I live in the tropics.
livlee livlee 5 years
hi bella, i've two questions: 1. could you describe how to use tea tree oil? i've read some stories about it having the opposite effect (more pimples!) if used incorrectly. 2. this could be a more general skin care question... how soon would i know if a given regimen (in this case, ocm) makes me break out? i've thought that it takes a few weeks for blemishes to get to the surface or stop appearing, which makes it hard to know when my skin is reacting to a change in products/methods, or another factor. thanks in advance for any help!
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Thanks for all of the questions (and I welcome more). I'll address as many as I can in this week's posts. Quickly, though: LivC, I would definitely NOT use coconut oil for the flight. It is an oil that can clog your pores, plus it's kinda messy to deal with on a flight. Instead, look for a really simple hydrating moisturizer. (Kiehl's makes a great avocado eye cream, but Cetaphil and Eucerin make good and affordable options for dry skin, too.) Drink lots of water, don't order booze on the plane, and reapply the moisturizer as often as you like. But coconut oil, nah. For what it's worth, this Bella has combination skin and I am constantly dealing with some form of acne. More on the OCM later, but I haven't had any breakouts from it... but you definitely have to spend more time with your skin, and I also use a toner afterward to remove any traces of oil. Like ssfl2000, I use the oil only at night — it's too much for daytime — and my skin is certainly still prone to oil, but it isn't as irritated. So, stay tuned! And keep the questions coming.
prblms4loki prblms4loki 5 years
Ahhh I feel like oil cleanser just make me break out no matter how much I love how they clean and how cleanly they rinse! I guess I'm wondering how a highly combination (very oily t-zone and very dry cheeks) would do with an oil moisturizer?
ssfl2000 ssfl2000 5 years
So I've got oily skin. Now I'm talkin' 5-alarm oily skin. I put my makeup on and 5 minutes later, I'm oily. But it's okay. I've embraced it now. I'll have less wrinkles when I'm 60. So about a year ago I started slopping on the oil at night. Argan, Jasmine, Tamanu...I use it all. It doesn't stop my oil production, but I feel as if my skin is way happier than when I used harsh alcohol based astringents to strip my skin bone dry. I quit buying mattifying primers. They don't work. There is no and never will be a miracle oil stopping product. I just blot religiously, and powder. It's the best I can do. Besides, I'll take oily over peely, flaky dry skin any day!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
Oh man, I have so many questions: (a) do you have to clean your face of makeup before using a oil cleanser? (b) do you use a cotton pad to apply the oil, do you spray it on, do you use your hands? (c) are you supposed to wipe it off or use water to remove it or can you just leave it on? (d) what temperature should the oil be at? (e) what about applying makeup on a face after cleansing with oil? (f) will the oil leave marks on my pillow if I use it at night-time? (g) can I use my topical acne (or other) treatments after cleansing with oil? (h) which oils are best for what problems or skin types or morning/evening? errm, that's about it for time being haha
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
Hi Bella! Can you also put the level of comedogenicity of the oil you are reviewing? Thanks and I look forward to reading about OCM.
xoclirpa xoclirpa 5 years
I use Bio-Oil as a facial moisturizer at bedtime and during the day and I love it! I tend to have oily skin but I use an oil mattifier before my make-up is applied and my face stays flawless for hours. I have a few acne scars that have faded dramatically after using the Bio-Oil.
mscc mscc 5 years
I recently heard about the oil cleasning method using castor oil. What do you think? Bad idea for oily, acne-prone skin?
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